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murdoch prepares to be grilled in england's phone hacking scandal. >>> swept away. tragedy strikes a family of five at a popular picnic spot in india. >>> and howling haboob. a giant wall of dust rolls through phoenix for a second a giant wall of dust rolls through phoenix for a second time in nearly two weeks. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with london calling. news corp. chief rupert murdoch and his son along with former chief executive rebekah brooks will face tough questioning this morning before lawmakers. just hours from now, this is the development in the growing phone hacking scandal that seems to be changing by the hour. nbc's jim maceda is live for us in london right outside parliament with all the details. jim, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. well, all eyes will be on a that building behind me, the parliament, and a small room inside that parliament building just big enough for about 40 or so spectators, but there will be overflow rooms with lots of television screens. this i
. kristin dahlgren, thank you. >>> rupert murdoch is feeling the financial and political fallout from a phone-hacking scandal that rocked his media empire. giving into pressure from england's parliament, murdoch dropped his $12 billion bid for a full paid tv network. and new this morning the former executive editor of the defunct tabloid "news of the world" has been arrested. the ninth arrest resulting from police investigations into phone hacking and bribery of police officers. the scandal now spans at least two continents but the u.s. congressman peter king chairman of the homeland security committee calling for the fbi to find out if murdoch's news corp tried to illegally obtain phone records of 9/11 victims. >>> authorities in india are still searching for the culprits behind wednesday's deadly bombings that left at least 18 people dead and 133 more injured. residents are still shaken up after coordinated explosions that rocked three separate neighborhoods in mumbai happened during rush hour on wednesday. the attacks came just months after india resumed peace talks with pakistan.
. >>> news corp.'s rupert murdoch is back in the headlines as the phone scandal widens. martin fletcher has the latest now from london. martin? >> reporter: hi, natalie, good morning. after the high drama of the past week here, today british police, mediaia, government are all licking their wounds, asking who knew what and when while rupert murdoch is assessing damage to his empire. murdoch looked happy to be home after the grilling by british parliament members. >> welcome home. >> nice left, wendi. nice left. >> the slap heard across the world. as of britain's parliament, the result to get to the bottom. phone hacking scandal, they have a summer recess until september 5, but it isn't over for rupert murdoch by a long shot. >> the long-term effect on news corp. are difficult to see. mistakes were clearly made. it's cost him a lot of money. >> reporter: and it may cost more. calpers, the biggest pension fund in the u.s. called for a reform of news corp., for their support, too, from a bigger outside investor, prince al walal who says the company remains a valuable and long-term investment.
as scotland yard alleges, murdoch's company may have broken u.s. law. >> news corp is an american corporation and they are bound by american laws regardless of where the offense takes place. >> reporter: u.s. politicians are also latching on to an unconfirmed report from an unnamed source that "news of the world" hacked phones belonging to 9/11 victims. >> anyone who did this really forget the legality, just in terms of the morality of this is just beyond the pale. >> reporter: the 9/11 allegation appeared on sunday in light of congressional concerns, we called news international, the subsidiary and they told us they have seen no evidence that those allegations are true. >> stephanie gosk in london this morning. thanks as always. martin bashir, it's good to have you here. sometimes when i have you, i like to ask the simplest question first because i like your take. you spend a lot of time as a journalist in the u.k. and here in the united states. >> i worked for the sunday times between 1984 and 1985. >> as you've watched this story unfold over the last month or so, what jumps out at you? >>
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